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Supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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"The internet by definition is the most complex text students will encounter."

"The internet by definition is the most complex text students will encounter." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Using the Metametrics Lexile Analyzer I searched for websites that would fall in the suggested band for fourth grade. First I used Google advanced search just to find websites at the “basic level.” All of the websites I checked were well over the 6-8 band. I then checked teacher websites, teacher created webquests, and popular kids news magazines. Once again the Lexile scores fell well above grade level."

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Focusing on the 'How': Time-Tested Routines at Heart of Common Core Transition

Focusing on the 'How': Time-Tested Routines at Heart of Common Core Transition | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As states, districts, and schools implement the Common Core State Standards, a new resource to help them with the change process is available from The Achievement Network (ANet), an OII Investing in Innovation (i3) grantee. Focusing on the How: Guidance for School and District Leaders on Supporting Teachers Through the Transition to the Common Core addresses the uncertainty that educators may have about the transition to the Common Core.

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Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note

Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Close reading is one of the buzz words that is being emphasized with the Common Core Learning Standards. By close reading I am interpreting as the reading, rereading, and analysis of text for the p...
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Study: New Testing for Common Core Standards Impacts Classroom Practices for Middle School Math Teachers

Teacher Evaluations Also Likely to Determine What is Taught in Math Classrooms, Teachers Say States across the country have started to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).
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SBAC Develops Tech. Compatibility Certification for Common Core Testing

SBAC Develops Tech. Compatibility Certification for Common Core Testing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The American Institutes for Research, in Washington, is developing an online testing system for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, made up of 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The certification process would require hardware manufacturers and operating-system developers—companies such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft—to pay $35,000 annually for a product to be tested for compatibility with the common-core online tests and, if approved, be included on an AIR list of supported products.

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1,200 NJ Schools Will Take Part in PARCC Trial Testing

1,200 NJ Schools Will Take Part in PARCC Trial Testing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New online exams set to get trial run before making official debut in 2014-15
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"The new standards are tougher!" Teacher on Common Core English Standards

Hazlett says one of the biggest changes with the new Common Core English standards is a greater emphasis on non-fiction material.


“It used to be maybe 20-30 percent of our teaching was non-fiction and now it’s 50 [percent] or more,” she says. “That’s a huge difference.”


The new standards are tougher than Ohio’s old standards, Hazlett says, and they require students to analyze writing more deeply.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 20, 2013 12:29 PM

Many students will be more motivated to learn when they are reading informational text--authentic, publised text that teaches about the real and current world. Granted, that's not all kids need to know, but to nurture a culture of learners, we must become a world of readers.

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Who Decides What is Taught in Our Schools?

Who Decides What is Taught in Our Schools? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The fundamental question that has been presented to all of us through the Common Core process is this one: Who decides what is taught in our schools?
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Teachers shift the focus of class time to critical thinking and reasoning skills

Teachers shift the focus of class time to critical thinking and reasoning skills | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core, however, will necessarily generate thousands of examples of high quality student work.


Teachers shift the focus of class time to critical thinking and reasoning skills, something many have wanted to do for years.

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Five myths about the Common Core

Five myths about the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Valerie Strauss


The Common Core State Standards, which spell out what K-12 students should learn in school, are at the center of a heated debate: Who should control public education? What do students really need to know? Let’s separate fact from fiction to figure out what’s at stake.

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How ‘Common Core’ helps teachers

How ‘Common Core’ helps teachers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

When I taught sixth grade, I used to have to teach 127 unique math standards or topics. Now I’d be able to focus on 27 standards, giving me the time needed to make sure all of my students understood the underlying concepts.

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You Want Me to Read What?! Tackling Informational Text

You Want Me to Read What?! Tackling Informational Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Tim Shanahan


Does research show that adding more informational text will improve student achievement?


No, not directly. No one has done a study to examine the learning results when students read different proportions of different kinds of text. The idea that students should get more experience reading informational text is based on the following commonsense notions:


  • Because people read more informational texts in college and the workplace, it's important to become proficient with these texts.
  • Strong evidence shows the differences between informational and literary texts as well as in the cognitive processes we use to read such texts (Otto, 1982; Weaver & Kintsch, 1991), so it follows that reading literary texts will not necessarily improve one's ability to handle informational texts.
  • Students have much less experience reading informational text, which means less opportunity to learn how to read such texts well.
  • People usually get better at what they practice, so if students had more chances to read informational text, they might improve their abilities in this area.
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Will Georgia's go-it-alone version be PARCC-like or PARCC lite?

Will Georgia's go-it-alone version be PARCC-like or PARCC lite? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Georgia announced in July it was pulling out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a collective of 18 states and the District of Columbia that joined forces to develop Common Core-aligned tests.
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Common Core shift in the 'what' is big, but the shift in the 'how' is huge

Common Core shift in the 'what' is big, but the shift in the 'how' is huge | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The biggest shift of the Common Core is not “what” we are teaching but “how.”  To truly engage in the common core, students must do the work.  Rigorous means that students are thinking critically and figuring things out for themselves.  


Unfortunately, our students are used to being passive learners.

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Common Core Gains New Ally - TFA

COMMON CORE GAINS AN ALLY: Teach for America plans to come out in support of the Common Core today by urging the states that have adopted the standards to stick with it, despite the loud and passionate opposition. TFA co-CEOs Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matthew Kramer said they joined Team Core because they have "seen firsthand how children (and adults) rise to meet higher expectations." TFA recruits will be trained on Common Core materials in at least some regions this summer. But the group is being careful not to alienate states that haven't adopted the standards - or that are thinking of pulling out. The CEOs' statement notes that they support other standards, too, "as long as they are truly college- and career-ready."

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MD is new PARCC Fiscal Agent

MD is new PARCC Fiscal Agent | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In its new position, Maryland will manage the finances of the state-led consortium starting on January 1, 2014. Florida previously held that role within PARCC, which is made up of 18 states plus the District of Columbia. Florida and Maryland have been working closely together to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.

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States with high cutoff targets risk steep drop in test results

States with high cutoff targets risk steep drop in test results | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The push by the assessment consortia to establish high targets for when student are deemed 'college ready' risks causing a steep drop in students' results.
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A Simple Graphic Organizer to Unpack the ELA Common Core Standards

A Simple Graphic Organizer to Unpack the ELA Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Sarah Tantillo shares a simple, user-friendly graphic organizer that can help teachers unpack the ELA Common Core standards and design objectives and activities.
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nfhsmc's curator insight, April 23, 2014 11:11 AM

Easily break down the standards 

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Survey: Principals Prioritize Common Core, But Report Lack of Readiness

Survey: Principals Prioritize Common Core, But Report Lack of Readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A survey of 1,000 principals in 14 states shows that school leaders are heavily focused on the new standards, but don't necessarily feel prepared to manage the huge shift.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:04 PM

There is more to implementation than priortizing. The entire professional body of educators need to know what the standards say and what those words mean. And...schools must have an standards based assessment plan that not only measures their efforts but that measures the effect of new practice and heighted expectations on student achievement. These new standards are more than words on paper: the implications of the Common Core Standards is truly a shift in the culture of education and that kind of shift needs societal and legistlative support.  

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"The Common Core gives us an opportunity to leverage visuals"

"The Common Core gives us an opportunity to leverage visuals" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Visuals and Reading by Kathleen Stern Over the last few years in my seventh grade reading class, I’ve asked students to do more visual analysis and creation. This has nothing to do with the fact th...
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Survey: Principals support higher standards, but need support for implementation in schools

The surveys, which reflect the views of 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS, reveal that principals overwhelmingly support the CCSS initiative and have a strong willingness to continue to engage deeply in instructional leadership activities as states move forward with the new standards.

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Excellent Cheat Sheet Featuring The 6 Cs of Primary Source Analysis ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Cheat Sheet Featuring The 6 Cs of Primary Source Analysis ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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SaraKLMS's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:15 AM

graphic organizer developed by UC Irvine History Project helps students evaluate primary sources

Connie Wise's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:00 AM

Helpful tool to assist students in using primary sources.

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Common Core and Reading: Which one of these things is not like the other?

Common Core and Reading: Which one of these things is not like the other? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
December 10, 2013
Long before the Common Core State Standards were on anyone’s radar, the “reading wars” raged furiously.
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Les Howard's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:29 AM

Worth reading as article looks at close reading, knowledge first, skills and strategies and just right texts.